Monday, August 22, 2011

Augustus of Primaporta

Today, politicians think very carefully about how they will be photographed.  Think about all the campaign commercials and print ads we are bombarded with every election season.  These images tell us a lot about the candidate: what they stand for and what agendas they are promoting.  Similarly, Roman art was closely intertwined with politics and propaganda.  This is especially true with portraits of Augustus, the first emperor of the Roman Empire who understood the power of imagery to communicate his ideology.

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